How has American literature changed over its history and how has it remained the same? Support your response
Part 1: Answer the below question.
1.How has American literature changed over its history and how has it remained the same? Support your response.
Part 2: Provide responses to only 6 questions. Choose the 6 you will best be able to answer.
1.Explain why Blanche avoids light in A Streetcar Named Desire. Make sure to discuss the symbolic reasons.
2.What are some aspects of Southern fiction expressed in Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire and how are they expressed? Provide examples for the elements of Southern fiction
3.In the prologue to Invisible Man, the narrator claims to be invisible. Explain why he thinks this and the consequences of his being invisible. Make sure to identify to whom he is invisible.
4.In the first chapter of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, What is your reaction to the dream involving his grandfather and the circus at the end of the chapter? What could it mean? How does it relate to everything that precedes it?
5.Briefly explain the significance of the quilts in Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use.”
6.In “The Life You Save May Be Your Own,” what does the car represent for Mr. Shiftlet? Defend your answer in relation to his place in society at that time in American history.
7.What do think Allen Ginsberg is suggesting about himself and poetry in general in his poem “A Supermarket in California”?
8.Discuss any social or political criticism Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” might contain as well as how it reflects any attitudes of the time.
9.Discuss any social or political criticism Robert Lowell’s “For the Union Dead” might contain as well as how it reflects any attitudes of the time.
10.Explain how Anne Sexton’s “Sylvia’s Death” and Sylvia Plath’s “Lady Lazarus” are related, and then explain the allusions they use and your reaction to them.
11.Discuss a theme in either Anne Sexton’s “The Truth the Dead Know” or Sylvia Plath’s “Words”. Support your claims with textual evidence.
|Academic Level||College (3-4 years: Junior, Senior)|
|Number of Pages||2 Page(s)/1100 words|